Where does the electronic waste we produce come from and where it goes

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Even if he hadn’t recorded the landscape in his thesis and later in a book, Kauê Lopes dos Santos would still remember in detail the first time he visited the world’s largest e-waste dump in Agbogbloshie, Ghana.

Garbage piled up in piles over six feet high. Men and even boys burning electronic components on the banks of the Odawa River, exposed to dark and toxic smoke. “The scenery is devastating”, he reports. “I remember the first time I went, I went back to the hotel and kind of lost hope in humanity.”

In this episode of Entre Vozes, delving into the research of Kauê, a doctor in human geography from the University of São Paulo, Luciana Barreto explores how electronic waste produced around the world is born and where it ends up.

Why, even with international laws and treaties that prevent this practice, developed countries continue to send their cell phones, computers and televisions useless to countries in the global south? The dynamics of the formation of electronic waste dumps raise social concerns, and not just environmental ones, and impose a reflection on the role of unrestrained consumption and economic models in the solutions to the problem.

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